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Ryn has fallen. Ester could be dying. Bonner is too far away to help.

No matter how Declan Idrys looks at his situation, he comes to the same conclusion every time: He is about to die at the hands of the first dark elf seen in 700 years. Fate, fortunately, is not so cruel, though, and after barely surviving this initial encounter with the er’endehn of Eserysh, Declan and his friends find themselves in a tentative truce with the war-loving elves. They share a common enemy, after all, and their mutual hate for the Endless Queen and her growing legions is enough for the two groups to set aside their mistrust for one another, if only for now. 

Sehranya, however, is not one to rest easy while her enemies join forces, and Declan and his companions soon find themselves assaulted by new horrors as they set out to make at last for the legendary city of Ysenden in truth. 

But the queen has made a mistake. Within Declan the slumbering might of his line is at last stirring, prodded into life by the guiding hands of Bonner yr’Essel. Fire. Power. Strength. Sehranya will rue the day she did not throw everything she had into slaying the one of King’s blood....

Let award-winning voice artist Nick Podehl capture your imagination as you dive into the much-anticipated next installment of The Shattered Reigns, a best-selling fantasy series written by two authors at the top of their game.

©2021 Bryce O'Connor and Luke Chmilenko (P)2021 Podium Audio

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BEST BOOK EVER

NICK PODEHL IS AMAZING IN THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF THE SHATTERED REIGNS THE STORY IS AMAZING THE ONLY BAD PART IS THAT THE THIRD BOOK ISNT OUT YET I CANT WAIT WHEN EVER IT IS OUT IT WILL BE A PREORDER RIGHT AWAY THANK YOU BRYCE AND LUKE FOR THE WONDERFUL STORYS

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this

another predictable book from Luke and Bryce and by that I mean I predicted that it would be awesome and it was! Great story as always Luke and Bryce are fantastic with everything they do. Nick is great one of the top narrators he really brings books to life!

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bad start

writer cones in to the book like you put the 1st one down yesterday super confusing start redo 1st book before starting

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great

It's great. Well worth the wait. These authors never fail. Narration is epic as always.

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awesome

just like the first book in the series I want more can't wait for the next installment of this series so good

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Not as good as the first one

Sorry, but this is simply no where near as good as the first one. Nick Podehl does an AMAZING job narrating, as usual! This book was lackluster at best. Some of the story line is just plain stupid, especially the ending. I’ll listen to it one more time in a couple weeks to see what I think, but there were about a dozen times I had to relisten to a specific part multiple times, usually the most important parts, because my mind was wandering. Hopefully the next one will be better. I do, 100% recommended the Stormweaver book that is previewed at the end… it’s one of the best books I’ve listened to in the last couple years!

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Can’t end there.

What a horrible ending. I hoping for a third book. If not I’m very disappointed. There is no justice if the story ends like this.

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one gripe

my one issue with the series so far is the slow pace. it feels like these two books could have just been one.. beyond that.. i have really enjoyed it so far.

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Amazing narration and story

The first book took too many hours to really get going. I mean by the time they were in the Mother's tear drop mountain, almost two thirds of Book1 was done.

Book 2 start where book 1 ended a good note. Declan power's continues to expand the target on his back has grown larger. Declan new Elf friends was a welcome addition but feel like his female Wood Elf companion fell to the wayside a bit. Speaking of Elf's, I was a bit confused which Elf betrayed his kind by sacrifice. I'm not even sure on the why but of the characters I enjoyed during the first half of the book.I won't say too much more due to spoilers. The other part of the ending surprised me a bit with the undead queen. With that said I can't wait until book 3.

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Well Nick knocked out of the park with all of the voices and they all sounded good and unique. The first book Nick was less than enthusiastic the first 7 hours or so. When he finally settled in and delivered his knock out performance. Book 2 some of his voices were bit more refined.

Well that's all folks! Bruce and Luke are starting to challenge the almighty Aleron Kong. I've really enjoyed their books as of late while I wait on Mayhem and God's Eye 2.

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I only have one word to say about the ending

About the ending only one word the same that I said at the end of the first book... "WHAT???" I wasn't expecting what happened in the ending Bryce O'Connor and Luke Chmilenko have a knack for dropping a bombshell at the ending making you excited for the next book. Nick Podehl as always is an amazing narrator giving each character their own voice and personality. He makes it feel like there is a team of voice actors portraying the characters. The story itself can be a bit slow at times but overall it progresses forward well. I can't wait for the next book!

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  • 07-17-21

Really disappointed with this

Big fan of the authors and Nick Podhel (who is awesome to be fair) this whole story feels like it has been
dragged for no reason. Really angry I actually preordered the second book

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  • 03-09-22

The Shattered Reign

Oh my goodness that can't be the end. To leave the story on such a cliffhanger is cruel. Have searched every where for book 3 but alas l don't think there is one. It's named right l'm totally "shattered" with this ending to the extent that l don't think l will purchase anymore books by these authors, l could not stand to read another one with a similar finish.

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  • Kyle
  • 10-11-21

Awesome

Amazing book, I couldn’t stop listening to it.
I can’t wait for the next one!

Do yourself a favour and get this book!!

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  • shane
  • 07-26-21

Links quite well

Seems less transition from the first book. Great narration, as always, can't wait for the next